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Karlston posted a topic in Software NewsMicrosoft and Qualcomm to help developers make apps Windows 10 on ARM-compatible Today at Ignite Microsoft announced a partnership with Qualcomm to extend their App Assure with FastTrack testing platform to developers who want to make sure their apps run well on Windows 10 on ARM. Microsoft’s App Assure with FastTrack program is a service designed to help customers, developers, and independent software vendors address application compatibility issues, at no additional cost for qualifying customers. A focus of the program will be to engage vendors to deliver compatibility of Windows 10 apps on Snapdragon compute platforms so that users working anywhere can confidently use Windows 10 apps on Snapdragon-powered devices. “The future of mobile computing is powerful, thin and light PCs equipped with 4G/5G connectivity, and offer multi-day battery life. Snapdragon compute platforms lead this innovative new era, enabling breakthrough experiences for learning, productivity, and entertainment on the go,” said Keith Kressin, SVP & GM, Computing & Edge Cloud, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are pleased that the expansion of Microsoft’s App Assure program will help ensure great user experiences across Snapdragon-powered Windows laptops and 2-in-1s.” “The consistent application compatibility of Windows 10 has been the reason for its worldwide adoption, and we’re proud to extend this compatibility promise to Windows 10 on ARM. Now our customers can have confidence that their business-critical applications will work on Snapdragon-powered Windows devices,” said Brad Anderson, CVP, Commercial Management Experiences, Microsoft. In some ways the program is an admission that Windows 10 on ARM has not been able to live up to its promise of effortless compatibility with x86 Windows 10 and its ecosystem of apps and services, with Microsoft and Qualcomm seemingly trying to address the issues from the direction of developers rather than fixing the platform. Developers who are having difficulty getting their x86 apps to work well on Windows 10 on ARM can sign up for Microsoft’s testing and assistance at their App Assure with FastTrack site here. Microsoft and Qualcomm to help developers make apps Windows 10 on ARM-compatible
The AchieVer posted a topic in Software NewsMicrosoft Confirms Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge for Windows 10 ARM One of the benefits of Microsoft’s transition to Chromium is that Google itself has become more interested in bringing its apps and services to Windows 10. And Windows 10 ARM as a platform is likely to get several improvements only thanks to this, as Microsoft worked together with Google engineers to prepare the Chromium engine for ARM-based devices. Earlier this week, developers managed to get Google Chrome up and running on Windows 10 ARM, which in turn made it possible to install the browser on Windows phones powered by this OS version too. With Edge preview finally becoming available for download, Microsoft confirms that Chromium on Windows 10 ARM is something the company has been working on and further announcements on this should follow later this year. “We’ve been collaborating with Google engineers to enable Chromium to run natively on Windows on ARM devices starting with Chromium 73. With these contributions, Chromium-based browsers will soon be able to ship native implementations for ARM-based Windows 10 PCs, significantly improving their performance and battery life,” the Microsoft Edge team announced.Touch support in ChromiumAdditionally, Microsoft says it was focused specifically on optimizing the browser for Windows 10 devices, and adding touch support was a priority given this input method is a key part of the experience with the operating system. “To help our customers with touch devices get the best possible experience, we’ve implemented better support for Windows touch keyboard in Chromium, now supporting touch text suggestions as you type and “shape writing” that lets you type by swiping over keys without releasing your finger,” it says. There is no ETA available right now as to when Chromium browsers would land on Windows 10 ARM, but both Google and Microsoft could be working on such versions of their browsers. Most likely, additional details would be shared at the Build developer conference next month. Source
Karlston posted a topic in Technology NewsWave of low-cost Windows 10 on ARM laptops finally coming (pictures) A major concern for consumers is that the compatibility issues with Windows 10 on ARM outweighed the benefits of the longer battery life, meaning they just did not see the value proposition. One way to address this is to fix the compatibility issues, but this is of course very difficult given how vast and diverse the Win32 platform is. The other is to simply reduce the price of Windows 10 on ARM devices to a level where users are willing to put up with the occasional driver issues and not being able to run high-end 64bit X86 applications. Till now most Windows 10 in ARM devices have been priced at least at comparable if not more expensive than Intel devices, but NotebookItalia has discovered a wave of low-cost Chinese devices at the Global Sources Electronics Fair 2019, which will be hitting the market very soon which will change the playing field dramatically. Manufactured by an ODM called Weibu, the devices appear to address every price point and form factor. Weibu H116QA-MT with Snapdragon 850 First image of article image slideshow. Please visit the source link to see all images. The Weibu H116QA-MT has an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display. It is a Surface clone with a kickstand on the back, Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC up to 2.96GHz, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2, 2MP webcam and a limited set of interfaces including USB Type-C and audio jack, a microSD card slot and one for the SIM card. The Weibu H116QA-MT has a 4000 mAh battery and of course, runs Windows 10 on ARM. Weibo H123GA-MT with Snapdragon 850 First image of article image slideshow. Please visit the source link to see all images. The Weibu H123GA-MT has a 12.3-inch 2K (3000 x 2000 pixels) IPS display. It is a Surface clone with a kickstand on the back, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 SoC up to 2.96GHz, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2, 2MP webcam and a limited set of interfaces including USB Type-C and audio jack, a microSD card slot and one for the SIM card. The Weibu H123GA-MT has a 5000 mAh battery and of course, runs Windows 10 on ARM. Weibu QT108QA-MT The Weibu QT108QA-MT is a 10.8 inch tablet with a Full HD display (2560 x 1600 pixels) display and keyboard cover. It weighs 700 grams and measures 259.8 x 175.8 x 8.5 mm and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor up to 2.96GHz, with 4 / 8GB and 128/256 / 512GB of UFS 2.1 memory. There is also a 13MP camera on the back with autofocus. Weibu H133Q-MT The Weibu H133Q-MT is a clamshell notebook powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels) , 2MP webcam and 5000 mAh battery. It also features a USB Type-C port, an audio jack, a slot for microSD cards and one for the SIM card, as well as WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. Weibu H133QA-YD The Weibu H133QA-YD is a convertible Yoga-style notebook powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor, with 4/8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128GB of UFS 2.1 memory, 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels) , 2MP webcam and 5000 mAh battery. It also features a USB Type-C port, an audio jack, a slot for microSD cards and one for the SIM card, as well as WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. Weibu says they are working closely with Qualcomm and that the devices are expected to hit the market by the end of the year, likely rebadged by other OEMs, followed by devices powered by the Snapdragon 8cx platform next year. See NotebookItalia’s video of the event below: Source: Wave of low-cost Windows 10 on ARM laptops finally coming (pictures) (MSPoweruser) (To view the article's image slideshows, please visit the above link)
The AchieVer posted a topic in Software NewsUnofficial Build of Chromium for Windows 10 ARM Now Available for Download Microsoft’s migration from EdgeHTML to Chromium for Microsoft Edge browser opens the door to a whole new series of opportunities for Windows 10. As part of Google becoming a bigger supporter of Windows 10 as a whole, Chromium is soon expected to arrive on the Windows 10 ARM platform as well. And while Microsoft and Google are currently working on this project, a skilled developer recently managed to get Chromium up and running on Windows 10 ARM. Today, an unofficial build of this browser can finally be downloaded and installed by users for testing purposes. Keep in mind that this isn’t an official release, so you should think twice before trying it out on your device. I recommend you to do it in a secure environment, just in case you’re afraid something could go wrong.ARM-based Microsoft SurfaceAs for the official port of Chromium for Windows 10 ARM, Microsoft said not a long time ago that it was working with Google on making the whole thing happen. And when this project gets the green light, pretty much all browsers powered by Chromium should be able to run on Windows 10 ARM, not just Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. “We’ve been collaborating with Google engineers to enable Chromium to run natively on Windows on ARM devices starting with Chromium 73. With these contributions, Chromium-based browsers will soon be able to ship native implementations for ARM-based Windows 10 PCs, significantly improving their performance and battery life,” Microsoft said. Mozilla has recently released a Firefox version for Windows 10 ARMtoo. The browser is still in beta development stage, but as it turns out, ARM-based Windows 10 devices are slowly gaining ground and receiving more attention from developers worldwide. Microsoft is also exploring its very own ARM Microsoft Surface model to support the project from a hardware perspective. Source